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EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

EDF Energy to supply electricity to Network Rail

11.01.13: Network Rail has awarded EDF Energy a ten-year contract for the supply of electricity to power the rail network. EDF Energy will supply around 3.2TWh of electricity a year, and has pledged to ensure 100% of it is ‘matched’ by lo...

A call to fully engage

A call to fully engage

01.01.13: Annette Gevaert, director, rail and transport at Achilles, explains more about Link-up Engage. In spring 2013 Achilles Link-up, the UK rail industry’s supplier registration and qualifi cation scheme, will make an important transition...

Engaging the Tier 2s

Engaging the Tier 2s

01.01.13: Network Rail held the latest in its series of conferences with key players in the supply chain on December 7 at its Westwood centre in Coventry. The Tier 2 Supplier Conference explored a number of burning issues, including the Fair Payment Chart...

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

Hitachi announces TRE acquisition

20.12.12: Hitachi Europe Ltd has bought The Railway Engineering Company Ltd (TRE) in a £25.5m deal expected to be completed by the end of the month. TRE supplies traffic operators’ training and assessment simulators, as well as automatic...

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

Commercial close on Thameslink deal expected this week

17.12.12: Any remaining chances of Bombardier winning the £1.4bn Thameslink rolling stock contract back from Siemens have taken a knock, as the German company and the DfT prepare to reach commercial close, probably this week. In October, the De...

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

Borders Railway contract awarded to Bam Nuttall

13.12.12: Bam Nuttall has been awarded a £220m contract for the design and construction of the Borders Railway. Network Rail is delivering the project on behalf of the Scottish Government, and it is due to open in 2015. The project will re-esta...

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

David Tonkin named RIA chairman

30.11.12: David Tonkin has been appointed the chairman for the Railway Industry Association (RIA). He will lead the organisation’s council, formed of senior representatives of member companies, and direct the activities of the association. ...

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

Siemens buys Invensys rail division for £1.74bn

29.11.12: Invensys has sold its rail business to its competitor Siemens for £1.74bn. The shock sale came after a failed takeover earlier this year by Emerson Electric. Siemens and Invensys have been working together recently to provide signalli...

Morgan Sindall wins £20m North Doncaster Chord project

Morgan Sindall wins £20m North Doncaster Chord project

20.11.12: Network Rail has awarded Morgan Sindall a £20m contract as part of the North Doncaster Chord project, to remove a freight bottleneck from the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The work will be carried out by a new alliance of Network Rail...

Network Rail Consulting appoints Keith Ludeman

Network Rail Consulting appoints Keith Ludeman

16.11.12: Keith Ludeman has been appointed as a non-executive director of Network Rail Consulting. Ludeman most recently worked as the chief executive of Go-Ahead Group, from 2006-2011, and has also served as a non-executive director of Network Rail....

NDS-Plant to be sold to TXM-Plant

NDS-Plant to be sold to TXM-Plant

06.11.12: The sale of Network Rail’s heavy plant business is due to be completed this week. Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd is to complete the sale of NDS-Plant to TXM-Plant, it has announced. The sale will see the transfer of all associated as...

Transport Scotland transfers Borders to Network Rail

Transport Scotland transfers Borders to Network Rail

06.11.12: An agreement on the transfer of responsibility for the Borders railway deal is due to be signed today. At a ceremony in Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland’s transport secretary Keith Brown will officially hand over the project from Tr...

Railtex 2013 announces keynote speaker

Railtex 2013 announces keynote speaker

05.11.12: Network Rail chairman professor Richard Parry-Jones CBE has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at Railtex 2013. It will take place on the second day of the major rail infrastructure show at London’s Earls Court. Professor Parry...

DfT ‘considering alternatives’ to Siemens over Thameslink

DfT ‘considering alternatives’ to Siemens over Thameslink

31.10.12: Doubts have been raised over the controversial Thameslink rolling stock contract, with transport minister Simon Burns indicating that alternatives to Siemens were being considered in case financial close cannot be achieved. Steve Scrimshaw...

New senior team for Hitachi Rail Europe

New senior team for Hitachi Rail Europe

24.10.12: Hitachi has announced a range of new appointments to its senior management team, to meet the challenges of the Intercity Express Programme contract. Chiaki Ueda, former chairman of Hitachi Rail Europe, is retiring. His replacement, Alistair...

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Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27/03/2020Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail ind... more >
RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26/03/2020RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for th... more >
GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25/03/2020GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever.... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >